I’ve been pretty fortunate to have some amazing people in my life. And I know you do too! So one of my closest friends and biggest inspirations, Jill Coleman always seems to say the right thing at the right time or come back into my life at the perfect moment. Do you have one of these people in your life?
Jill has always been an inspiration to me, a hard worker, a get your hands dirty and do the work kind of woman. And one who always has faith in me, even when I don’t have faith in myself.
Take for example this move. I set out years ago saying I wanted to live on the beach before I was married with kids. Growing up in Ohio, I was used to the snow and the cold. My parents worked hard and ensured we vacationed as a family every year. Growing up we’d come to Cocoa Beach, in high school we went to Tampa for softball, and in our college years we’d either cruise out of Fort Lauderdale or spend time in the Keys. My love for the beach grew each time we visited.
So life goes on and I move to DC for graduate school. I will never forget one of my first weeks out there – I found myself second-guessing the move. I was there on a scholarship for graduate school but I didn’t know a single person prior to moving. I remember talking to Jill and her assuring me that I would build my community there, but it would take time. That, “ I could do it all, just couldn’t do it all right now.”
LESSON 1: YOU CAN DO IT ALL, JUST NOT ALL RIGHT NOW.
Little would I have known then, that I would become so involved in the DC community and have the opportunities I did while I was there. From working fitness events on the Hill, brining new fitness classes to the University, and creating my own following. She believed in me, before I believed in myself.
LESSON 2: BELIEVE IN YOURSELF.
The last six years I spent in Washington, D.C. creating lasting relationships and some amazing experiences.
Flash-forward to now: here I am in new city, on the beach, and came down here not knowing anyone. It’s been amazing but I wouldn’t be honest if I told you it was easy. I’ve cried, I’ve second-guessed, I’ve found myself missing my life back in DC, and sometimes wonder where am I going. I think that’s normal. I am extremely grateful for this opportunity. I know I am blessed and need to make the most of every, single day that I am given.
I guess what I am saying is, anything worthwhile, is going to be tough. Change happens when we put ourselves outside of our comfort zone. We have a safety net; we can always go back to what we know. However, there is an entire universe out there waiting for us to tap into if we are willing to take a risk and try.
LESSON 3: ANYTHING WORTHWHILE IS GOING TO BE TOUGH.
I’m known for my smile and my laughter, I do both of those pretty often. But I want you to know, it’s not always that way. But when it’s hard, I remind myself, this is when the good stuff starts to happen.
LESSON 4: WHEN IT’S HARD, THE GOOD STUFF IS HAPPENING.
Have an amazing start to your week! I will catch you tomorrow.